Date and Pecan Passover Cookies

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1 Cup Chopped Dates
1 Cup Roughly Chopped Pecans
1 Cup Powdered (Icing) Sugar
1 Egg White

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl add the chopped dates, chopped pecans and powdered sugar.
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3. Mix well until all combined.
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4. Add the egg white and mix well.
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5. Place tablespoon sized scoops on a baking sheet spread an inch apart.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden.

Veal Scallops With Mushrooms


Ingredients
4 Veal Steaks
1 Small Onion
125g (4oz) Mushrooms
30g (1oz) Oil
¼ cup Dry Sherry
2 tsp Flour
1 cup Water
½ Beef or Chicken Stock Cube
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Method.
1. Pound the steaks until thin.
2. Finely chop the onion and slice the mushrooms
3. Heat a skillet and add the oil.
4. Fry the steaks on a high heat, turning once. Remove from pan.
5. Add the chopped onion and cook 2 minutes. Pour in the sherry and bring to the boil.
6. Stir in the flour and mix well. Let cook for a minute and remove from the heat.
7. Stir in the water and crumbled stock cube.
8. Return to heat and stirring all the time until the sauce thickens.
9. Return steaks to pan, add mushrooms and mix well.
10. Season with salt & pepper.
11. Cover pan and simmer very gently for 15 minutes.
12. Serve with noodles, rice or mashed potatoes.

Miso Black Cod

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INGREDIENTS

¼ Cup Sake
¼ Cup Mirin
4 Tablespoons Saikyo Miso (or White Miso)
2 Tablespoons Sugar
4 Pieces Black Cod Fillets about 1/2 Pound/250 Grams Each (Also known as Sablefish – You can also substitute Salmon, Seabass or similar)
Oil for cooking

METHOD (Marinade)

  1. Make marinade (per below) and marinate fish 1-2 days in advance. If you are short on time, let it marinate for at least a few hours.
  2. Combine the mirin and sake in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Boil for 20 seconds to allow the alcohol to evaporate.
  4. Turn the heat to low and whisk in the miso paste and sugar.
  5. Whisk over medium heat without letting the mixture boil until the sugar has dissolved.
  6. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  7. Pat the fish fillets dry with paper towel. Slather the fish with the marinade and place in a glass/porcelain dish. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and leave to marinate for 1-2 days.

To Cook the Fish

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F/200 °C
  2. Heat an oven-proof skillet over high heat on the stove.
  3. Lightly wipe off any excess miso clinging to the fillets, but don’t rinse it off. Discard excess marinade from fish.
  4. Place a small amount of oil in the pan, once hot add the fish skin-side-up to the pan and cook until the bottom of the fish browns and caramelizes in spots, about 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the other side is browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Transfer to the oven (Skin-side down) and bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until fish is opaque and flakes easily.
  6. Serve with vegetables and rice.

CRYSTAL SUMMER ROLLS

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INGREDIENTS

Rice Paper Wrappers
1 Large Carrot, julienned
1 Cucumber, julienned
1 Red Bell Pepper, julienned
Lettuce, Shredded
Fresh Basil
Fresh Mint
Vermicelli Rice Noodles (Soaked according to packaging)
Cooked Shrimp, peeled and sliced in half
Warm Water

Dipping Sauce

¼ Cup Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
2 Tsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Lime Juice
1 Tsp Chilli Garlic Sauce
1-2 Tbsp Warm Water, or more if needed
Garnish: Crushed Peanuts, Sprinkle Of Crushed Red Pepper

METHOD

Fresh Rolls

  1. Pour the warm water into a large pyrex dish or baking pan
  2. Dip one wrapper into the water at a time. Submerge for about 10-20 seconds (or according to packaging instructions). Wrapper should be soft but still slightly firm and pliable.
  3. Remove from the water and place onto a plastic or wood board.
  4. Add a few pieces of carrot, peppers, cucumber on the bottom of the wrapper closest to you. Top it with the mint, basil, noodles and lettuce. Add shrimp on top of the lettuce.
  5. Roll the wrapper by folding in the sides and rolling towards the top, like you would a burrito. Look at this step by step page if you are having a hard time.
  6. Place on a serving plate.

Dipping Sauce

  1. Combine all ingredients, except garnishes, and miss until well combined. Add more water if mixture is too thick.
  2. Garnish with crushed peanuts and chili flakes.

Serve

  1. Serve whole or cut in half, slightly diagonally and serve with dipping sauce.

 Tips

  • Play around with whatever fresh ingredients you have.
  • Omit shrimp for a vegetarian version.

Mayonnaise and Aioli

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 INGREDIENTS
1 Large Egg
1 ½ Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tsp White Vinegar
¼ Tsp Dijon Mustard
½ Tsp Salt
¾ Cup Vegetable Oil (for Mayo) or Olive Oil (for Aioli)
1 Minced Clove of Garlic (for Aioli)

METHOD

  1. Combine yolk, lemon juice, vinegar , mustard and salt (if making aioli, add the minced garlic as well)
  2. Whisk until blended and turns bright yellow, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add oil (vegetable oil for mayonnaise and olive oil for aioli), a few drops at a time using ¼ cup measure while whisking, about 4 mins.
  4. When this is well incorporated, add the additional ½ cup oil in a steady stream while whisking until thick, about 8 mins.
  5. Cover and chill in the fridge.
  6. Can be made 2 days ahead.

Asian Shrimp Rice Bowl

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Asian Shrimp Rice Bowl – http://www.oceansbetweenkitchens.com

INGREDIENTS 
Serves 4

20 Large Shrimp (Shell and Tail removed)
3-4 cups Cooked Rice
2 Shredded Carrots
1/4 Sliced English Cucumber
4 Tbsp Pickled Ginger
1 Sliced Avocado
Handful Beansprouts
1/2 Cup Thinly Sliced Green Onion
Fresh Cilantro (Coriander)
Sesame Seeds

SAUCE
3 Tbsp Soy Sauce or Gluten Free Tamari
3 Tbsp Mirin
3 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1.5 Tbsp Sesame Oil

Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl to serve.

METHOD
1. Place a serving of rice in the bottom of a bowl, add shrimp, carrots, cucumber, ginger, avocado and beansprouts.
2. Sprinkle with green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds.
3. Drizzle sauce over rice bowl.

Crunchies

Ingredients
125G ( ½ cup) Butter or Block Margarine
1 ½ tbls Golden Syrup or Honey
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Cake or All Purpose Flour or Gluten Free Flour Mix
2 Cups Rolled Oats
1 Cup Desiccated Coconut
Pinch Salt
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

Method
Oven 180ºC (350ºF)
1 Combine Flour, Oats, Coconut & salt in a bowl.
2 Using a medium saucepan melt the butter/marge, sugar & syrup/honey.
3 Add the Bi carb and stir until it froths.
4 Pour over the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
5 Spread evenly in a baking tray and bake for approx. 20 minutes until golden.
6 Remove from the oven and cut into squares while still hot
7 Leave in pan to cool.

Oven Baked Chicken Strips

INGREDIENTS

2 Chicken Breasts
1 Egg
1.5-2 Cups Panko Breadcrumbs (For Gluten Free version I use Ian’s Gluten Free Panko)
Seasoning – In SA I use Robertons Chicken Seasoning, in USA I use Mrs Dash.

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 375 ºF/190ºC
  2. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  3. Slice chicken breast across width way into strips.
  4. Lightly beat the egg in a shallow bowl.
  5. Season panko and place in separate shallow bowl.
  6. Dip the chicken into the egg and then into the panko.img_8574
  7. Place chicken strips onto baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes – turning halfway.img_8580

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Ingredients
4 Chicken Breasts
½ cup Cake or All Purpose Flour
¼ cup Corn flour
½ tsp Baking Powder
Ice Water
1 tbls Soy Sauce
1 tbls Sherry
Oil For Frying

Sweet & Sour Sauce
1 tin Pineapple Chunks in Syrup
¼ cup Vinegar
3 Tbls Sugar
¼ tsp Salt
2 Tbls Tomato Sauce (Ketchup)
1 Tbls Corn Flour

Method
1. Cube chicken and make a marinade with the Sherry & Soy Sauce.
2. Mix the chicken & marinade. Set aside.
3. Mix the flour, Corn flour, salt and baking powder. Add enough ice water to make a batter the consistency of thick pouring cream.
4. Remove chicken from the marinade and place in the batter.
5. Heat a frying pan and add 1 cm of oil.
6. Fry chicken in batches until light golden and remove.
7. Once all chicken has been fried make the sauce.
8. Mix all sauce ingredients together in a small pot. Heat and stir until thickened.
9. Re-fry chicken until golden and serve with rice and the sauce.

Challah

I have been making challah for years in my stand up large mixer. I went to a challah bake and we all made challah by hand and there is no comparison. A much lighter delicious challah. Try it, you will not be sorry.

INGREDIENTS
2 Sachets Instant Yeast
1 Cup Oil
1 Cup Sugar
4 Eggs
4 ½ Cups Water – Have made with both cold and luke warm water.
2 kg All Purpose (Cake) Flour
2 Tbls Salt

METHOD
Oven 190ºC (375 ºF)
1 Using a large plastic bowl add the water and the yeast and using a wire whisk, whisk for 5 minutes.
2 Add the sugar and continue to whisk for 2 minutes
3 Add the oil and continue to whisk for 3 minutes
4 Add the eggs and continue to whisk for 3 minutes
5 Start adding the flour cup by cup whisking each cup in. Add the salt with the 2nd cup.
6 When you feel you cannot whisk anymore because the mixture is too stiff, remove the whisk and mix in the rest of the flour by hand.
7 Once all the flour is incorporated and you have a soft but not sticky dough, coat with a little oil.
8 Cover with plastic wrap and a blanket and allow to rise till doubled in size.
9 I often make the dough late at night and let it rise till morning out of the fridge.
10 Punch down the dough, separate a small piece of dough the size of a golf ball and say the blessing. Wrap the piece of dough in foil and burn it in the oven
11 Divide the dough into 4 or 5 pieces and plait.
12 Place on a baking tray and cover with plastic and a blanket and allow to rise until double in size.
13 Beat an egg and paint over challah and sprinkle with seeds.
14 Bake for 25 minutes until golden.
15 I often halve the recipe and make 2 large or 3 medium challah but then I do not say the blessing.